OMAHA | No team in the United States Hockey League is like Omaha when it comes to shootouts.
Tyler Moy flipped a shot past Sioux City goaltender Joe Ballmer to start the shootout. Omaha netminder Cole Bruns stopped each of the three shots he faced in the final session for a team that improved to 5-0 in shootouts with a 5-4 victory over the Musketeers in front of 3,200 fans at Ralston Arena.
Omaha (10-10), one of five teams in the Western Conference with .500 or better records, posted its second shootout win of the season over Sioux City, winning 2-1 on Oct. 6 at the Tyson Events Center.
Sioux City (3-11-4), now 0-3 in shootouts, has gone two months into the season without a road victory. Rookie Jake Guentzel scored three points (2 goals, 1 assist) for Coach Brett Larson’s Musketeers, topped by the red-lighter at the 11:37 mark of the third period that eventually sent the squad into overtime for the fifth time this season.
It was perhaps the hardest the Musketeers have played away from the Tyson this season. Sioux City never led, but tied the game four times.
Guentzel and Tanner Pond scored power-play goals, in the first and second periods, respectively, for a club that has scored four goals with a man advantage in the last three games.
Among the players assisting on Pond’s fifth goal of the season was Eetu Karvinen, a 6-foot, 185-pound rookie forward from Vartaa, Finland. It was Karvinen's second game with Sioux City after scoring three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in nine contests for Cedar Rapids.
Jake Montgomery, who tied the game 3-all at the 3:34 mark of the third period, is now tied with David Goodwin for the team lead at five goals. Montgomery has scored a goal in each of the last two games.
Sioux City missed a power-play opportunity in overtime. Goodwin, Guentzel and new acquisition J.T. Stenglein, who arrived in a trade from Youngstown on Thursday, missed shootout chances.
The Musketeers’ road trip continues this Saturday at Des Moines (9-10-1).
Omaha 5, Sioux City 4
First period: 1, Omaha -- Matias Cleland (Eli Lichtenwald, Kenny Gillespie), 12:23. Sioux City -- Jake Guentzel (David Henry, Dan Molenaar), power play, 14:27. Penalties: Chatham, O, boarding, 8:10; Moy, O, interference, 13:15; Holland, SC, elbowing, 19:12.
Second period: 3, Omaha -- Cleland (Drew Melanson, Jake Randolph), 1:02. 4, Sioux City -- Tanner Pond (Eetu Karvinen, Cliff Watson), 13:14. Penalties: Frigo, O, slashing, 2:17; Erickson, SC, fighting major, 5:34; Worden, O, fighting major, 5:34; Kolquist, SC, roughing, 11:21; Kolquist, SC, delay of game, 11:21; Gillespie, O, charging, 11:21; Gillespie, O, roughing, 11:21; Gillespie, O, delay of game, 11:21; Pond, SC, roughing, 17:30; Frigo, O, slashing, 17:30; Holland, SC, delay of game, 19:46; Cleland, O, delay of game, 19:46.
Third period: 5, Omaha -- Connor Chatham (Melanson, Randolph), 1:03. 6, Sioux City -- Jake Montgomery (Guentzel), 3:34. 7, Omaha -- Kyle Osterberg (Matthew Gaudreau), 7:41. 8, Sioux City -- Guentzel (Michael Holland, Montgomery), 11:37. Penalties: Hynes, O, roughing, 16:50; Molenaar, SC, elbowing, 16:50.
Overtime: No scoring. Penalties: Schumacher, O, cross checking, 2:02.
Shootout: David Goodwin, Sioux City, No. Tyler Moy, Omaha, Yes. J.T. Stenglein, Sioux City, No. Kyle Osterberg, Omaha, No. Jake Guentzel, Sioux City, No.
Score by periods:
Sioux City 1 1 2 0 0 -- 4
Omaha 1 1 2 0 0 -- 4
Shots on goal:
Sioux City 8 19 8 3 0 -- 38
Omaha 7 9 11 3 1 -- 31
Power plays: Sioux City 2 for 5, Omaha 1 for 1.
Goaltenders: Joe Ballmer, Sioux City, 30 shots, 26 saves; Cole Bruns, Omaha, 38 shots, 34 saves.
Referee: Terrence Murphy. Linesmen: Ryan Madsen, Matt Larson.